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Full text of "Annual Evaluation Report Fiscal Year 1984"

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PUBLIC LIBRARY CONSTRUCTION—GRANTS TO STATE LIBRARY AGENCIES

(CFDA No. 84.154)

I.     PROGRAM PROFILE

Legislation: Library Services and Construction Act, Title II, P.L. 84.597 and
Emergency Jobs Act, P.L, 98-8 (20 USC-351). (Expires September 30, 1984)

Funding Since 1980:

Fiscal Year                 Authorization                Appropriation

1980                     0                                       0

1981                      0                                       0

1982                     0                                       0

1983                           $50,000,000                     $50,000,000

1984                                              0                                       0

Purpose: The Emergency Jobs Act appropriated $50 million in FY 1983 for
public library construction to be administered under the authority of the
Library Services and Construction Act, Title II, program for public library
construction. The Emergency Jobs Act was Intended to provide jobs for long-
term unemployed Americans and to create Federal projects of lasting value to
the Nation and its citizens.

Eligibility: All State Library Administrative agencies in the 50 States,
Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

II. RESPONSE TO GEPA 417 fa)

A.  Goals and Objectives

During Fiscal Years 1983 and 1984, the Department's principal objective
for this program was to fund public library construction projects to
create jobs for unemployed workers in areas of high unemployment•

B.    Progress and Accomplishments

In Fiscal Years 1983 and 1984, ED distributed $49.5 million to all States,
but Hawaii, for over 500 library construction projects. The Federal
funds stimulated the appropriation of local and State matching funds of
over $99 million. ED estimates that approximately 3,600 jobs were created
by the program in those two years.

C.    Costs, Benefits and Effectiveness

A survey of public library construction needs for 1981-1985 indicated that
$2.3 billion was needed for over 2,800 library projects. If The Emergency
Jobs Act funds enabled local communities to reduce this backlog of con-
struction needs.6   percent   of the  total   funds